Early San Juan County
San Juan County was established in 1880 following the famous winter trek and steep descent through the Hole-in-the-Rock Trail to Bluff, Utah. Behind the settlement of this community by the San Juan River is a story of tenacity, determination, and hardship. The Hole-in-the-Rock was a sandstone crevice discovered fortuitously by pioneers when a wild ram escaped its pursuers and descended to the river by that route. After blasting, building up the grade, and lowering by ropes, the wagon train finally emerged through the crevice to the river below and finished the last difficult miles into Bluff. Miner and photographer Charles Goodman documented the early days of San Juan County, from the production of bricks and molasses to the establishment of Bluff Oil Company, and many of his unique images, dating from 1892 to 1913, are included in this volume.
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Discovery of Gold and Oil in San Juan County
Industries and Water
4 San Juan Coop and Ranches
Pioneer Schools and Early Recreation
Earliest Established Homes
1894 photograph Allan Aneth Barton Bayles Benally Bishop Jens Nielson Blanding Blue Mountain Bluff cabin Bluff Pool bought built Butt called camp Cattle Company Cemetery Hill Charles Goodman Christ of Latter-day cliffs community of Bluff County Historical Society Decker ditch drill early Early Bluff Elk Mountain Frank Hyde Fred Prewer front George Wing gold Grayson Hammond Historical Photograph Hole-in-the-Rock Honaker horse Jim Douglas John Joseph Juan County Historical Kisten Adams Perkins Kumen Jones L. H. Redd La Sal Mountain left to right located log cabin log home Mexican Mexican Hat Mission Montezuma Creek Monticello moved to Monticello Navajo operated photograph shows photograph was taken pictured pioneer Rachel Perkins ranch Raplee ruins Sal Mountain San Juan Co-op San Juan County San Juan River sandstone Sarah Perkins Scorup served sheep side of Bluff trading post trail unidentified Utah Verdure wagon White Mesa Wood wool